Hot! Adey’s Awesome Oolong | Veronica Darling

  image from www.colettepatterns.comThe Facts

Fabric: vintage lawn/cotton, accidentally dyed, thrifted $1
Pattern: Oolong by Colette Patterns, $18 with 10% discount
Year: c. 2009
Notions: nil
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: August 2011 to work
Wear again? Yes, it's a knockout!

Total Cost: ~$19 – YIKES


During the Colette Pattern Spring Palette Week, I bought Oolong after seeing Adey's version, mostly because of the magnificent fit and her marvelous fabric choice. Adey's fabric was so bright and colourful for springtime, and whilst I didn't have as many vibrant colours in my stash, I pulled out this minty green cotton because, guess what? There's a funny story behind it and it matches Adey's fruit salad colour palette!

What's so funny? It was originally white! I wash all my op shopped fabric before using it (you never know if the original owner washed it) and somehow it turned minty green, my bad! It originally came from my Ballarat op shop hop last year, and now I'll enjoy it as minty fresh instead of black & white. Dur! But I do really love how it's got a vintage-y Pebbles and Bam Bam look about it now!    

I didn't have enough material (or the right kind)  in my stash for the lining (especially being cut on the bias) so checked if Adey added the lining, and her material was substantial enough without it. She also reminded me that Mena omitted the lining too (after checking with Sarai) so I carried on without the lining, and once again was impressed with how the Colette Patterns are SO easy to follow! My material was kinda easy to work with too (how great is cotton lawn!?), so I left out the neck facing as well. I overlocked the entire neckline, then folded it under, ironed and topstitched; simple but neat in this fabric's case.



_MG_9351It's seriously a gorgeous dress, and I didn't change anything size-wise, however next time I will leave a little more give in the armholes, as they're a snug fit (the only piece not cut on the bias) and didn't think my biceps were that muscley (AKA flabby tuckshop lady!)! My other little weird thing is that I'd forgotted how different a bias cut dress FEELS on, it's kinda weird how it moves. Or is that just me? But hey, no zipper or fastenings so it's a dream to sew & wear!

Oh, almost forgot! My 'key'! After gathering up the middle bust pieces I decided to add the 'key' piece over to make it a bit neater (my gathers weren't straight). I found this technique in my Vogue UFO dress and it's pretty much a rectangle, sewn up the long side (right sides together), turned right side out, ironed flat, and then wrapped around the gathered bust area. The key's rectangle short raw edges are sewn up when you attach the bodice to the skirt. EEP, hope that makes sense!

Thank you SO much for all your lovely well wishes after being so exhausted and flat chat last week, I'm still a little tired this week. When I started sewing, the weather was gorgeous and we were almost thinking it was an early spring for us! But by the time we take photos it was freezing again.

Hence my warm up dance:

It's always an inspiration seeing all your creations Sew Weekly friends! Onwards and upwards, and may your creative minds get flowing this week! xoxo


Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. Hi Veronica
    I have been seeing your creations for some time and enjoying them..but this is one of my favourite. What a happy accident as I think the fabric colour is more interesting as a minty green rather than just plain white! It looks good on you!
    I have just begun to sew for myself (I have been sewing a lot for my little girl so it’s my turn now, hey!) and I’ve always read about cutting fabric on bias and I am thinking that’s an awful waste of cloth. But I would love to know if this dress was cut on bias, how much cloth would it require? It would be great to know as I always buy 3 yards as a rule.
    And I think having the ‘key’ is better than without, it adds an interesting element to the dress.
    Once again, gorgeous, gorgeous dress!!
    Just wondering, you mentioned, time to complete, 3 hours, does that include tracing and cutting the pattern? I cannot imagine how this dress can be done in 3 hours!! amazing!

  2. I love the fit of the dress, you really look amazing in it! It is a great dress, now I think I have to try an Oolong myself…

  3. I’m with Sertyan – It is much nicer in green. How funny that it did that. I too keep getting fooled that Spring is on its way. (Can’t believe you are outside with bare arms). The Oolong is such a nice pattern and I do like how it has come together.

  4. Wow that dress is really pretty – you’re well on the way to convincing me to buy a Colette pattern :-D
    How does it go on with no zipper – does it really fit over your head (as I thought cotton lawn had no stretch??).
    And you know what, it reminds me of a Trashy Diva print – what a find you had with that fabric :-D

  5. FABULOUS dress Veronica! I love it in green as well! They key looks amazing! and this dress style really suits you! I want to see you in all the Colette patterns :)
    I’m with Sertyan–how did you make this in 3 hours?? wowza!

  6. I love the idea of no zipper and that this dress was cut on the bias, it’s a throw on, woohoo. Damn those sleeves, maybe making them a tad shorter may give you more ease you can’t tell they are a snug fit though. Love the pattern and the minty mistake looks darling up against the cherry blossom. Another fabulous VD dress, I shouldn’t write that I should write Veronica Darling lol.
    Guess who I’m channelling for this weeks challenge? he he.

  7. I totally love it too! It looks very hip and something you can wear w/ tights and sweater or w/ fun sandals depending on season. And the color is awesome!

  8. I am absolutely in love with this dress. So pretty and I’m really happy the white fabric came out minty, it looks gorgeous.

  9. I love the minty green color – I think it looks fabulous in this style! Well done with the “key piece” – it’s a great detail to add!

  10. I can’t believe that was once black and white – I love the colors of it now! I haven’t made Oolong yet, but yours looks so great I may have to add it to my stash.

  11. Adey’s Oolong was a popular choice this week. I love your version, Veronica. I especially love the fabric. Sew 80’s hip! Love, love, love!

  12. I am so loving your Oolong Veronica! The mint green is really a blessing, it’s definitely one of my fave shades of green and you look incredible in it! The key is genius, I will want to add that to my future Oolongs!

  13. So lovely!! Great fabric and perfect fit – well done!

  14. Hiya,
    Good on you for starting sewing for yourself! I work in metres, not yards, so this took up almost 3 metres of vintage lawn/cotton type material, with all pieces (bar the sleeves) cut on the bias. I use second hand fabric, so it’s hard to find that much material, but if you get the fabric on special it’d be still cost effective!
    3 hours to cut (I don’t trace, I use pins and weights) and sew (using an overlocker for all seams, apart from the bodice to skirt seam, which is topstitched)… BUT, I did leave it to hang overnight after cutting… but yep 3 hours of ‘work’ time.